Hey U Podcast

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Hey U

The Hey U podcast features interviews with employers and leaders to get the inside scoop on all things business — everything from landing a job to navigating your career path. Learn how to turn mistakes into successes, negotiate your first salary, and much more! New podcasts are released each month — so sit down, grab a cup of coffee, and tune in for quick, helpful tips from the experts (and us, too). This is Hey U!



Love is in the air! It’s Valentine’s Day, so on this week’s episode of Hey U, the team will be discussing the similarities between finding your dream partner and your dream job. We also share some red and green flags to look out for while searching for your next job or internship. If you are looking to find a company to work for that will be a good match for you, be sure to attend the Doers Hired: Skills Match event on Feb. 16 at Child Hall inside of the SFEBB.

Happy New Year! We are starting 2023 right with a new episode of Hey U. Today the team sits down to discuss their New Year’s Resolutions, how those changes will help with their careers, and some 2023 predictions. Do you have any goals or predictions you want to share with us? Send them our way @ecclescareers on Instagram.


In this episode, the Hey U team sits down with Dean Lyons, founder and CEO of “Brite Nites”, a Utah based company that has provided exterior Christmas light displays for homes and commercial businesses for over 20 years. He talks to us about his entrepreneurship journey, as well as tips and best practices for young college students looking to start their own business. If you’re looking to brighten up your Christmas display this holiday season or want to learn more about the company, check out Brite Nites.

In this Thanksgiving special, Hey U team members Athena, Canyon, Degoal and Riley sit down to share their thoughts on how a gratitude-centered mindset can help students navigate both their career and educational journey. Finally, before signing off for the holiday break, the team ends the episode off with a fun, food-inspired twist! If you’re interested in hearing more from our student staff at Hey U, or are interested in sharing your thoughts on this week’s episode, feel free to reach out to us on Instagram @ecclescareers.

Age is just a number, but according to this week’s guest Jackson Rollo, President of Rollo Insurance Group and host of the One and Done Podcast, it could be the most advantageous piece of your resume. He emphasizes the importance of networking, internships, mentors and using your youthful, competitive drive as an upper hand when looking to land a job or advancing in your field. If you’re looking to learn more about opportunities with Rollo Insurance, the One and Done Podcast, or to chat with Jackson personally, he is open to connect on LinkedIn.

In part II of our Operations and Supply Chain (OSC) series, we hear from Scott Larson and Brian Nichols. They share over 20 years of individual experience with Maverick, a growing convenience store brand in the U.S. These experts share insights on roles within operations management, the major challenges OSC professionals face today, and how forced innovation has transformed how Maverick functions.
The HeyU team sits down with Professor John Dallimore to kick off our Operations & Supply Chain (OSC) series. He walks us through his eclectic career journey, which includes teaching at the University of Utah as an OSC Professor and building rockets at Northrup Grumman. Hear about the versatility of an OSC degree and where the industry is headed.

In part two of our Negotiation Series, we get to hear how alumni Leilani Vigil put the skills we talked about in part one to practice to negotiate her worth. Her story is filled with tips that can help you reach success the next time you find yourself negotiating.

In part one of our Negotiation Series, we sit down with Katie Abby and Sue Finch to talk about the essential skills and steps to an effective negotiation. We also discuss the benefits of The Negotiation Club at the David Eccles School of Business and give you tips to maximize your earning potential.

Hey U podcasters discuss economic policy and research with Reeves Coursey, a Senior Research Assistant at The Federal Reserve Boards of Governors. Ever wonder how real estate and housing policy is created in the United States? Coursey is a part of that process, and gives insight into how his QAMO degree got him there.
Schaefer, the co-founder of the Quantitative Analysis of Markets and Organizations (QAMO) program at the University of Utah. Scott chats about the academic objectives of this budding major and how a background in business economics provides a foundational toolkit for any job.
We’re joined by two young professionals from equity compensation company Equity Methods. Kevin Bergauer and Bryce Bergman discuss the success they enjoy with the company at an early stage in their careers. They can still remember vividly what it’s like to be seeking as a college senior and suggest approaches to set yourself up for career success while still in school.

DPS Skis (a ski manufacturer) and Snowbird (a ski resort) both have deep roots in the ski culture of the Wasatch Mountains. Dan Pizza, Director of Marketing and Creative at DPS Skis, and Tess Hobbs, Director of Marketing at Snowbird, chat with us about their innovative projects, marketing strategies, connection to place, and how branding can shift the conversation to experiences over things.

The HeyU team sits down with Woody Klemetson, VP of Sales for Divvy. He talks about the downsides of “free,” the upsides of Divvy, and why he’s made it his mission to defend the salespeople.

The HeyU team sits down with Lizette Medina, University of Utah alumna and former Human Resources Generalist at C.R. England, to discuss how H.R. is becoming a more people-oriented career. She talks about solving problems through open communication, applying the same standards to each employee, and other principles that anyone can apply to their career – whether or not that career is in H.R

Like it or not, we all need sales skills to succeed–whether in your career or other aspects of your everyday life. Paycom, an HR tools company ranked #5 on Fortune 100’s fastest-growing companies in 2018, offers a great internship experience that can help college students gain the sales skills you need. The Hey U podcast team chats with Ryan Smith, Senior Collegiate Talent Acquisition Advisor at Paycom. Ryan shares his thoughts on how you can grow your sales skills, taking chances and putting yourself out there, and more.


In their most recent episode, the HeyU Podcast team interviews Jennifer Jacobs-Munson, Vice President of Member Services and Utah Site Lead at Collective Health. The interview revolves around the complexities of a decades-old healthcare system and what companies like Collective Health are doing to both streamline and simplify healthcare administration.

The Hey U Podcast team sits down with two representatives from Northwestern Mutual: Todd Grabner, Managing Partner at the firm, and Jared Shumway, Director of Internship Development. Todd and Jared share some valuable practical advice, speaking about topics like financial planning, development of skills, and overall insight for students looking to get a head start on planning their future.

From its very beginning, the outdoor gear company Cotopaxi has been committed to making an impact. The benefit corporation and certified B Corp designates 1% of its profits to grants awarded by its non-profit foundation. We were able to get a look at how the brand’s “Do good” mission informs their storytelling, guerilla marketing, and hiring in our interview with Cotopaxi’s Director of Brand and Impact, Annie Agle.

No matter what field you are going into, everybody has the need to understand real-time data to make better business decisions. This episode features an interview with Dani Weinstein, Head of Global Community and University Outreach for DOMO.

Employers are looking to hire Domo-certified interns. This certification process, generally valued at hundreds of dollars, is now being offered to all University of Utah students for free! By getting Domo-certified, you will not only prepare yourself for this data-driven world, you will open yourself to many career opportunities in the future. Visit www.domo.com/start/student to start your certification today!

Now is a time of great uncertainty for everyone, but there are still opportunities available for those seeking to move forward in their careers, including virtual internships, continuing education, and more! MaryAnne Hafen, Recruiting Coordinator on the Business Career Services team, shares her research on hiring trends during the COVID-19 health crisis. Learn about which industries are hiring and what you can do to land a job while social distancing.

Durable, long-lasting shoes are just the beginning. In this episode, we share what Keen Footwear Senior Recruiter, Andrew Eastman, taught us about the many efforts the company has made to be a responsible and environmentally sustainable business.

Today we talk with Lukas Krause – an author, CEO, and former New York Mets baseball player – about knowing your own worth in the workplace. He gives advice on being more productive, negotiating your way into a better salary, and getting 1% better every day. You can watch Lukas Krause’s negotiation workshop on YouTube. His book, The Business of You, is available on Amazon.

Do you have a fear of failure that prevents you from trying new things? It turns out that even people at tech giants like Microsoft sometimes fear making mistakes. Listen to Mat McBride, General Manager of Finance for Microsoft, as he gives the inside scoop of how the Microsoft team learns to embrace failure and ultimately find success.

Business students from the University of Utah talk business! We are sitting down with your favorite employers and leaders to get the inside scoop on all things business—everything from landing a job to navigating your career path. Learn how to turn mistakes into successes, negotiate your first salary, and much more! We will put out new podcasts every month—so sit down, grab a cup of coffee, and tune in for quick, helpful tips from the experts (and us, too). This is Hey U!

Hey U International Student Edition Podcast

The international edition of the Hey U podcast features guests from inside the Eccles school, international alums, immigration attorneys, and more! You will find useful insight for navigating the international student experience as you pursue a successful career. Look for new podcasts every other Tuesday while classes are in session.


Gain insight from University of Utah Alumni Dan Wallwitz as he shares his Eccles Experience, looking for internships and jobs, networking, and more!

In our second episode, we cover the basics of networking! Denise DeCoite, Director of Corporate Outreach, discusses tactics you can use to approach networking and how to maximize your impact when interacting with people.

Welcome to the first episode of our Hey U- International Student Edition podcast! This is a spin-off series of our Hey U podcast that was created with our International student population in mind. This episode features one of our Business Career Services career coaches, Rebecca McDonald. She gives insight into how you can ramp up your resume to make sure it’s optimized for the job application process.